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The Unknown Soldier- Bullet In The Head


Published 2004


This movie is a dark, patriotic tribute to the fallen soldiers of the U.S. armed forces. It uses some clips from the Prelinger archives as well as from some *other* sources to demonstrate the themes of both songs, the first being the classic anti-war tune by The Doors and the second part is an unaltered live performance by Rage Against The Machine which is a tad bit more charged with righteous indignation towards the war machine, but also resonates lyrically and emotionally with the Doors' song. Check it out while you still can before it is banned by Fatherland, er Homeland Security!


Run time 08:21
Audio/Visual sound, color


Credits

x©x Anti-copyright™ 2004 No Company Unincorporated

Segments

"Wait until the war is over, and we're both a little older. The unknown soldier. Breakfast where the news is read. Television children fed. Unborn living, living dead. Bullet strikes the helmet's head... and it's all over for the unknown soldier... It's all over, the war is over... It's all over, war is over!"

"...This time the bullet cold rocked ya! A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika Nothin' proper about ya propaganda. Fools follow rules when the set commands ya. Said it was blue when ya blood was red - that's how ya got a bullet blasted through ya head... I give a shout out to the living dead..." "...Check it out. They load the clip in omnicolour. Said they pack the 9, they fire it at prime time. The sleeping gas, every home was like alcatraz, and mutha fuckas lost their minds. No escape from the mass mind rape. Play it again jack and then rewind the tape, and then play it again and again and again. Until ya mind is locked in. Believin’ all the lies that they’re tellin’ ya. Buyin’ all the products that they’re sellin’ ya. They say jump and ya say how high. Ya brain-dead. Ya gotta fuckin’ bullet in ya head..."

Reviews

Reviewer: mr_loophead - - August 13, 2007
Subject: Rings true...
Thankfully we all have our own opinion about what's right and wrong for the country we live in - or the world that we are living on.

Personally I don't care for war at all. I think proposes that humans are too f'ing stupid to talk their way through their problems, and thus the game of power starts. War can be beneficial, but not at the expense of life.

Great flick.
Reviewer: drworm01 - - December 24, 2004
Subject: not much mixing
The first half of this clip's okay. The Doors aren't my favorite band and this isn't one of my favorite tunes, but I get the idea. A collage of videos and images that are accentuated or countered by the music. I always start thinking of how I'd do it if I was doing things like this. I kept waiting for the "Mission Accomplished" photo-op to pop up and, sure enough, it does, though later than I expected. An awful lot of Vietnam images for a piece that's, as I understood it, commenting on the Iraq War. That adds a distance when I'm looking for immediacy. And I realize there aren't many images of these past two wars' war dead due to the propaganda clamp down. That, though, should be addressed directly rather than implicity by the sheer lack of Iraq images. Even just the picture of the flag-draped coffins that got the photographer fired displayed then replaced by "Image Banned by Order of DHS." Or an eye towards the political/media obesiance with Dan Rather saying, "George Bush is my president and when he says 'jump' I say 'how high?'" or Al Gore calling Bush his "Commander-in-Chief." Or even grabbing old Cold-War propaganda pieces and cutting them together (maybe even switching out "Russia" and "Communism" for "al-Qaeda" and "Terrorism") to point up the repetition and return of the "Be Afraid" rhetoric.
As for the second half of the video there's nothing much to say. It's a Rage video. Holy cow, Zach looks young. What am I supposed to say? I realize the clip's description says it's an unaltered performance by RATM, but that's dull. I would be more accepting of the Vietnam imagry in the first half if it was contextualized with current war imagry mixed to the RATM video. Vietnam-era song vs. the Iraq-era song. That doesn't happen.
What this clip really does is makes me want to see a video collage set to Stiff Little Fingers' "Tin Soldier" or "Wasted Life" that comments on the backdoor draft and continuing purposelessness of the Iraq war relatively. Any song. Those two just popped into my head. I think the clip has good intentions but it just doesn't deliver.
Reviewer: Harry Patel - - December 3, 2004
Subject: Why sug-gestion (suck justin)?
Lift the handle. Push the button.
Watch the movie.
Reviewer: Surehand - - November 6, 2004
Subject: Watch carfully
This is an important piece - better watch carefully. There are unknown soldiers everywhere !
Reviewer: Pescalero - - November 5, 2004
Subject: It´s not funny
Well, it really isn't that funny - but does it have to be ?
Reviewer: Meneme - - November 4, 2004
Subject: Doesn´t help ...
It´s european humor and it´s wasted ... unfortunaltely!
Reviewer: r3al1tych3ck - - September 17, 2004
Subject: I thought it was great!
To the other republican reviewers, screw off.

This is a great capture of the full spectrum of emotions of those that oppose these types of imperialist actions; sadness, isolation, anger, etc.
Reviewer: psilocyb3r - - September 2, 2004
Subject: heh, well with all that said I will try to provide some clarity...
..the person who has created the account "The Unknown Producer" and several others to pose as the maker(s) of this film has absolutely no affiliation with the actual creators of this movie. I myself am only in charge with distributing it on the web and took no part in the creation. However, the real creators wish to thank everyone who has taken the time to post an actual review (be it negative or positive) which is what this section is all about of course. Thanks!
Reviewer: cashel - - August 28, 2004
Subject: not funny
The best form of political attack is humour. Politicians hate it when they are ridiculed. This movie fails because there is no opportunity to laugh.
Reviewer: tambora - - August 28, 2004
Subject: You seek validation...
In the past, a review by Tambora meant that a panned, inferior film got lots of downloads. I viewed this film so late in the game that it already has well over 11,000 downloads. And you seek validation. I think your tactics have worked so far.

But apparently this incredibly high number of downloads is insufficient for an egotistical megalomaniac like yourself. Your message hasn't been silenced. People are just tired of listening to a moron. This is not the greatest thing available on the archive. It's not in the top ten. It's not even in the top 100. For reasons that I'm about to explain, I put this film pretty close to the bottom.

The film opens with a montage of still shots, nicely edited, with some ironic archive footage spliced in. Gee, I've never seen this before. Golly, we've got a real rebel on our hands. Granted, revisiting a hackneyed genre (think late-80's MTV) doesn't necessarily mean failure. But in this case, he relegates himself to an immature stereotypical conspiracy-theory nutjob by splicing in PhotoShopped images of President Bush as a Taliban member and a member of the undead. For one seeking validity, you sure found a way to quickly shed all of it. You only validate your critics when you resort to shenanigans like that.

But the film continues, gets a little better, watchable at least, but breaks no new ground and provides nothing that makes it stand out. Once again, what can I validate? That you're just another one to jump on the anti-Bush clipfilm bandwagon, or that you're a legitimate artist and political theorist? Those who guessed the former would be right, because it's obvious you've never even dreamed of being the latter.

Then, halfway through, after copyright infringement (in the form of a clip from Forrest Gump) and a gratuitous and pointless shot of an atomic bomb exploding (from A Tale of Two Cities, which is actually a good film), the film degenerates into an insipid music video featuring some self-important rockers performing a tediously outraged song. The lead singer jumps around a lot and wears a shirt with a parody of the "Ford" logo, replacing "ord" with "uct." And you seek validation? Here again, you only validate your own lack of seriousness, lack of legitimacy as an artist and filmmaker, and lack of maturity.

But any astute viewer could've already gathered that based on your bombastic ego-inflated "MPD" reviews and lack of maturity in all other aspects of life. When people come to the Archive and post a film, they always think they did a good job on it. Then, if they're reasonably self-controlled, they wait for people to notice it, and if it actually is a good film, people will notice it, review it well, and download it. That's how it works. Perhaps your childish tactics have garnered you some attention, and perhaps I'm validating your puerile methods through this lengthy review. It's a risk I'm willing to take.

But the truth remains that this isn't that great of a film, it's not worth downloading, and your whiny juvenile approach to this entire process has only helped me decide, and confirmed my decision, that this film is loud-mouthed, base, irrelevant, moronic, banal, artless drivel.

There. That's all there is to say about it. Now just shut up.
Reviewer: anarchist79 - - August 27, 2004
Subject: I'm STILL SICK of this whole thing
This whole thing would be funny if it was not so pathetic. Stop hitting yourself, stop whining about it and stop trashing everybody else. You are NOT the master of the universe, much less god of the archive. I'm turned off by your tactics and so I have not watched your movie but graded you for your display of disrespect to everybody and everything here.

Note: You prove your dishonesty by making baseless accusations against a member of the archives. This is a handy tactic for a coward.
You protest too loudly my mpd friend.
Reviewer: The Unknown Producer - - August 27, 2004
Subject: Somebody Hit Me!!!! Stop the Conspiracy against me!
My message can't be stopped!

First the search engine blacklist and now this.

I am getting sick and tired of being the only person to give this movie any views. This movie is the greatest thing here! It is relevant, important and a timeless masterpiece! When I see the other garbage you people watch it makes me want to retch. Sitting here and giving myself 2000 hits at a time is way toooooo hard. Please....sombody validate me.
Reviewer: UnsociableMoe - - August 27, 2004
Subject: Maybe you should take your own advice
The creator seems to have a problem with self honesty and is requesting that laws be enacted to restrain him. Your message is just as shady as your tactics. Need attention? Point fingers at everyone else and make slurs against staff, visitors and other contributors. It has rubbed off on your flick. For someone so concerned with other people doing the right thing; you have broken every rule...down to your phony dead rock star reviews.

It seems you are the only one with a real problem. Therapy might help.
Reviewer: SimpleText - - August 27, 2004
Subject: Silliness...
Again, I think that the code used to generate Batting Averages and Most Viewed Movies should be re-written to include an IP address check in order to stop people from manipulating a movie's status. That simple subroutine would surely put an end to these silly little battles for a place amongst the top five viewed movies.
Reviewer: Also Unnecessarily Concerned - - August 27, 2004
Subject: I am also extremely concerned about this...
...for no reason at all, and all of you have MPD!
Reviewer: Way Too Concerned About This - - August 27, 2004
Subject: I am very concerned.
Because no one should be able to manipulate our infallible web popularity system. It was designed to reflect the absolute truth of how many people click on a file, dammit. When people abuse a system like this for their own gain it almost always results in a negative outcome. Just like hiring private companies to change presidential election results in a state where your relative is the governor. The people will find out what you did.
Reviewer: john patrick - - August 27, 2004
Subject: why?
why are you all so conscerned with this to make up all these different names and acuse yourselves of multiple personality disorders? this is confusing. On the other hand, I did enjoy the movie
Reviewer: The Unknown PR Agent - - August 26, 2004
Subject: lol
good one :)
Reviewer: The Unknown Producer - - August 26, 2004
Subject: Why don't MY reiviews ever make the FRONT PAGE?
I am getting sick and tired of being the only
person to give this movie any views. This movie is the greatest thing here! It is relevant, important and a timeless masterpiece! When I see the other garbage you people watch it makes me want to retch. Sitting here and giving myself 2000 hits at a time is way toooooo hard. Please....sombody validate me.
Reviewer: FOXWatch - - August 2, 2004
Subject: State Of The Union footage
I found it very interesting to see the clip used in this movie taken from the ending of of the 2004 State of The Union address where you can see Bush smiling, shaking hands, and signing autographs while at the same time FOX put up the caption text "Bush: The killing has continued abroad", nice work overall- I give it 4 stars
Reviewer: tomo - - August 1, 2004
Subject: PEACE
excellent! worth the download...must see
Reviewer: Zach De La Rocha - - July 25, 2004
Subject: A special thanks goes out
to the people who can actually hear our message. Thank you. That is all.
Reviewer: Janis Joplin - - July 25, 2004
Subject: This war....
...Is just another Vietnam... another reason to attack another country full of people who mean no harm to us, and we always end up gaining whatever they own so that we can use it for us. That's why they call it the U.S. They want to separate us into US and call the others THEM. When we will always be WE, we the people. And when we the people who deny what they feed us as the truth everyday on the radio and TV waves into our heads strike back they choose to continue the struggle to the bitter end. Screw it, I think I'll go buy some liquor.
Reviewer: Jimi Hendrix - - July 25, 2004
Subject: yeah, man, not a bad flick...
I think this cat is doing right in expressing what he feels about the machines that are used in the time he lives in, and I see more people everyday expressing their feelings in similar ways, in art music and even in video now on this internet that the people share all over the world, good things are on the way. Are you experienced enough to embrace human existence at it's most visually expressed levels of communication and interconnectedness?
Reviewer: Jim Morisson - - July 25, 2004
Subject: pretty good... pretty good...
alright... feeling alright... yeah, this was a pretty good movie, I think the music went along great with the images. I'm glad that whoever made this used everything they had to work with to produce the appropriate symbolic display of the emotional aspects of the song and I hope that whatever companies or people who own the rights to the Doors music in this time will overlook the bullshit and try and get their kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames... alright... Alright!
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